Positive Physiotherapy Practice Protocol- COVID-19

RE-OPENING TUES JUNE 30TH 2020

 

Before you attend the clinic, the following questions will be asked of you:

Screening Questionnaire prior to Appointment

1.       Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days?

2.       Are you waiting for a COVID-19 test or the results?

3.       Have you had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

4.       Do you have any of the following symptoms?

New, continuous cough*

High temperature or fever

Loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste?

* A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. Or, if you usually have a cough, is it worse than usual.

 

How has Covid-19 changed clinic policies and procedures?

 

Mask wearing

Health advice dictates that both the patient and health professional should wear a face mask when in close contact- less than 2metres without any physical barrier.

You are asked to wear your mask when you enter the clinic and you can remove it when you are advised that it is safe to do so, should you wish.

I will wear a mask/face shield at all times, except when there is a physical barrier between us.

 

Hand hygiene

You are asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at entrance to the clinic before ringing the bell, or touching the door handle.

Further hand sanitisers will be provided at reception, in the treatment room, and in the bathroom.

I will use hand sanitiser regularly before, during and after the appointment.

 

Appointment practicalities/Contact time restrictions

Health recommendations are to keep contact times within 15 minutes.

Please do not arrive early for your appointment, to protect yourself and others from unnecessary exposure. Please attend the clinic unaccompanied, if safe and possible to do so.

Where possible, eHealth will be used (telephone call, telehealth) to gather information (history) on your condition and health status, before physical appointment commences. This eHealth history gathering will occur immediately before you enter the treatment room. It can take place while you are in your car outside the clinic, or while you are in a safe location in the reception area.

To decrease contact time, it is current policy to take payment for bookings when they are being made. Thus, card details will be asked for when booking via telephone, as per online booking policy. Receipts will be ready for collection at your appointment. Cancellations occurring 24 hours prior to appointment will be refunded.

Patients are encouraged to rebook themselves online, in their own time, should review appointment be required.

 

eHealth appointment

It is also possible to schedule an eHealth appointment, where assessment, exercises and education regarding your condition will take place virtually, should you prefer this option. These appointments comply with GDPR, your anonymity is assured and no extra software is needed on your behalf. I can send you a link to my virtual treatment room, and once your camera and microphone are enabled the appointment can go ahead. A 20% reduction in fee has been reported by the ISCP as acceptable for virtual appointment. These appointments can be booked for Saturday mornings.

 

 

Clinic sanitation

Health recommendations 15 mins of cleaning treatment area, reception area including worksurfaces and door handles between patients. This recommendation will be fully complied it within this clinic. Disposable plinth and pillow covers will be used.

Perspex screens are in place at reception and in the treatment room. You are asked to follow floor tape markings to ensure safety within the clinic.

Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me

T: 087 9338828

E: deirdre@positivephysiotherapy.ie

 

Thank you for your co-operation as Ireland re-opens from Covid-19 pandemic.

Booking: Book here

 

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